Saturday, February 17, 2018

CENOTES, PYRAMIDS AND 30,000 FLAMINGOS


TEN DAYS IN THE YUCATAN:

There are approximately 6,000 cenotes in the Yucatan, but almost no rivers and very few lakes.  The word "cenote" comes from a Mayan word "ts-onot," which means "accessible groundwater."   Cenotes,  subterranean bodies of water formed by rain seeping through limestone bedrock,  were critical water sources for the Mayans. 

SOME FAVORITE PLACES:


In the middle of the town of Valladolid, a 2 1/4 hour drive from Mérida,  is the Cenote Zaci.  It is a very large, dark blue pool at the bottom of a large cavern.  The top of the cavern is covered with stalactites that resemble the dribblings of upside-down sand castles. 




One side of the cavern is lined with tall, leafy green trees.  The opposite side is bare, with high, natural ledges used by brave jumpers.  I chose to walk down the long, looping path and slide  into the cool, fresh water.  Because the water is such a deep blue, I couldn´t tell what color the medium-size fish were, but they looked black and gave sharp nibbles on my feet and legs as I swam across to the other side of the pool.

CENOTE ZACI, VALLADOLID, YUCATAN
UXMAL:

Some archeologists believe Uxmal was founded by Mayans in the 6th century, while others believe it dates back as early as the Pre-Classic period.  The Mayan word "uxmal" means "thrice built," but apparently the city was built five times, each time on top of the previous one.  Unlike Chichen Itza, which was built around a cenote, Uxmal was dependent on rain as its only source of water.    This explains why so many of the structures are adorned with hundreds of stone masks and carvings of "Chaac," the god of rain.



Because we had visited Chichen Itza years ago and had been warned of the many vendors allowed inside the architectural zone, we chose to only visit Uxmal for a look at early Mayan splendor.

An easy hour´s drive from Mérida, we arrived at Uxmal in the middle of the afternoon.  Although it had been 90 degrees in the city, a light sprinkle of rain and a cloudy sky provided perfect temperatures for touring this spectacular architectural zone.  We had the area almost completely to ourselves with no vendors at all,  and only a very small scattering of tourists.  At night, the skies had cleared and stars were brilliant above us as we watched the "Sound and Light" show.  Unfortunately for visitors who spoke little or no Spanish, the recorded narration was all in Spanish.  That said, the lighting up of the complex in brilliant shades of reds, yellows and greens made the carvings even more dramatic than when seen in the daylight.

Uxmal, with its pyramids, palace and enormous courtyard, is an architectural marvel.  It is a splendid example of the longing of humans for meaning and for beauty.


CELESTÚN, an hour-and-a half from Mérida, is a small fishing village on the mainland side of a 13.6 mile-long inlet-estuary.  Depending on the time of year, 30,000 of the world´s largest and pinkest flamingos can be feeding and breeding there.  We boarded a panga at the village dock and soon saw a shoreline pink with flamingos.  After a 15-minute stop in their proximity and viewing pelicans, storks, herons, cranes and a small alligator,  we motored into the "red" mangroves to "Ojo de Agua," ("Eye of Water").  This is the name given to a pool of  clear spring water where I enjoyed a brief swim in the extremely clear, green water.  A rope had been placed across a narrow part of the pool to discourage swimmers from going beyond that part of the mangroves.  Beyond the rope were two baby alligators nestled between the roots of mangroves.  Afterwards, we enjoyed lunch on the beach and a swim in the very calm Gulf of Mexico.
CELESTÚN



"OJO DE AGUA" - CELESTÚN

CAMPECHE:

My husband Ned, cousin John Westwood and wife Darice continued our adventure with a 2 1/4 hour bus ride to the neighboring state of Campeche for a two-night stay.  Alas, as this city on the Gulf of Mexico was (surprising to us) celebrating Mardi Gras, the most important museums and churches in the historical center were closed.
PLAZA PRINCIPAL - CENTRO HISTÓRICO - CAMPECHE
Nevertheless, we enjoyed visiting two forts,  a great evening concert by the local orchestra at the unusual bandstand in the plaza and strolling down stone pedestrian streets lined with mostly pretty, pastel and sometimes brightly painted homes and offices.  Sunset on the malecón was glorious.
CENTRO HISTÓRICO, CAMPECHE
PUESTA DEL SOL - EL MALECÓN DE CAMPECHE




INVITATION:  PANGA EXCURSION TO RAISE MONEY FOR "LOUP," RESCUE DOG´S SURGERY

Karla de la Peña, friend, owner of Boca Divers and co-founder of Ayudamutt, is hoping to raise $500 USD.  "Loup" (French for "Wolf"), a young, homeless white male German Shepherd, was hit by a car in Boca and suffered a broken femur.  Two surgeries were need to repair the damage.  The beautiful Loup will need a permanent home after his recovery.  Loup´s owner will be a very lucky person this Year of the Dog.  Contact:  ayudamutthelps@gmail.com



  1. LOUP CUANDO FUÉ RESCATADO EN BOCA - FEMUR QUEBRADO - ESTÁ EN ADOPCIÓN

Eight persons per panga excursion at $40 USD per person.  Dates:  Wednesday, February 21 or Saturday, February 24.  Karla will be your remarkable guide.  Contact:  bocadivers@yahoo.com or ayudamutthelps@gmail.com (mark "loup fundraiser" in subject line, please).

Description of expedition:  Meeting at Boca de Tomatlan dock : 9:00 am embark by 9:15 am  - 3 hour outing.

$315 USD total for maximum 8 participants 

Navigate the Bay of Banderas in search of dolphins, mantas, marine turtles, humpback whales, transient orcas and other large wildlife.  Once located, observe  wildlife at a prudent distance and always on terms of wildlife. 

Sightings not guaranteed, but we are constantly surprised by amazing encounters!

Seasonal fruit, snacks and drinking water for on-board consumption. 

Sample video encounters:  https://youtu.be/GQC_XAE9YbU encountering dolphins

https://youtu.be/kFOyYDRYIN4 encountering orcas


LOUP ANTES DE LA SEGUNDA CIRUGÍA- LOUP BEFORE SECOND SURGERY

SAN JOSE, NAYARIT - The clinic was held at an outdoor "event garden" called "El Jacal," a first-time location for PEACEAnimals.  Unable to attend due to travels in the Yucatan, enthusiastic volunteers Angela Kelleher and Linda Stewart took all photos for this clinic.

STERILIZATIONS AT CLINIC IN SAN JOSE, NAYARIT-
FEBRUARY 7-10:  
CLÍNICA EN SAN JOSÉ, NAYARIT - photo credit:  Angela Kelleher

FEMALE CATS - 33; MALE CATS -13; FEMALE DOGS -75; MALE DOGS -20   TOTAL: 141
CLÍNICA EN SAN JOSÉ, NAYARIT - photo credit:  Angela Kelleher


PLUS  pregnancies terminated for 1 cat with 4 fetuses; 1 cat with 6 fetuses; 1 cat with 3 fetuses

DONATIONS AT CLINIC IN SAN JOSE, NAYARIT: 
1,980 PESOS

THIS CLINIC WAS MADE POSSIBLE BY A GENEROUS GRANT OF $11,000 USD FROM FRIENDS OF HOMELESS ANIMALS (FOHA)
CLÍNICA EN SAN JOSE, NAY.  photos:  Angela Kelleher





DONATIONS TO PEACEANIMALS:

$100 USD - Bo Jarnstedt
$500 USD - Tom Fisher and Tim Rush - 
"In honor of Ralph Osborne"





CLÍNICA EN SAN JOSÉ, NAY.  photos:  Linda Stewart


EL TUITO:    Only 30 miles south of central Vallarta, it is an hour´s drive on a very rutted coastal road that becomes a paved and winding one.  Palm trees begin to disappear as one ascends higher above sea level and fragrant pine trees become plentiful.  El Tuito ("Place of Beauty"), at 1988 feet above sea level,  is lush farm and ranch land with a variety of fruit trees and one very large fighting cock farm.  This annual clinic was held in Kai Doyle´s casita, across the narrow, cobbled street from her charming home that has an avocado tree in the middle of her kitchen.
DR. POLI - CLÍNICA EN EL TUITO  photo:  Frank Ohly

On my way to Tuito earlySaturday morning, I stopped off at Boca de Tomatlán.  My friend Marlee had told me her artist son, Pipo Brockmann,  had rescued two female dogs and wanted to get them spayed.  The dogs are sisters and look very much like Belgian Shepherds.  Pipo found them a month ago in the dump and has been caring for them.  They´re seven months old, beautiful and very sweet.  Contact me if interested in adopting.
ARTISTA PIPO BROCKMANN EN BOCA CON 2 PERRITAS RESCATADAS.  NECESITAN HOGARES.

PERRA CON TVT - TUITO
At the clinic, Bruce and I drove around town looking for animals to bring to the clinic.  We spotted a tabby kitten in a back yard, stopped and collected him and his handsome brother and a small, fluffy black- and- white four-year old dog.  We spoke with the friendly owner, who said she didn´t want more puppies and was caring for fifteen cats and kittens that were all throwaways.  After delivering the three pets to the clinic, we drove back to the same area, where we saw a sad-looking black Pit Bull mix.  It was a female showing every indication of having given birth to multiple litters.  An enormous tumor on her genitals meant TVT.  Bruce and I assumed the dog had no owner and took her back to the clinic to be euthanized.  We were surprised when a volunteer from Tuito told us that the dog had an owner and the malignant tumor had been growing for months.  The volunteer signed the permission for spaying, which will prevent other dogs from contacting VD.  The owner couldn´t be found and the gentle dog will probably die soon.

When I asked the owner of a large, black dog barking aggressively in a kennel on the sidewalk if the dog was dangerous, she said yes .  Her young son then  stretched out his arm to show me the barely healed, deep bite marks on both sides.  A dangerous pet.
MORDIDAS EN DOS LADOS DEL BRAZO HICIERON POR SU MASCOTA - TUITO




STERILIZATIONS IN EL TUITO FEBRUARY 14-17:  MALE DOGS - 17; FEMALE DOGS - 40; MALE CATS - 17; FEMALE CATS - 33   TOTAL:  107

PLUS 1 PREGNANCY TERMINATED FOR 1 CAT WITH 5 FETUSES


DONATIONS at clinic in El Tuito:  Amount not yet received.  Will be reported in next blog.

EL TUITO



THIS CLINIC WAS MADE POSSIBLE BY A GENEROUS GRANT OF $11,000 USD FROM FRIENDS OF HOMELESS ANIMALS (FOHA)

EDUCATION PROGRAM:  A school was not available, but several children came by the clinic and were entranced by the hand puppets Leslie used for a little show.

CLÍNICA EN EL TUITIO -   NIÑAS CON TÍTERES 

The mission of PEACEAnimals is to end the future suffering of cats and dogs.  The most efficient way to do this is via a massive, free spay/neuter clinic.  In 2017, PEACEAnimals sterilized 5,357 cats and dogs.


DR. PACHECO Y DR. POLI - EL TUITO


FOR PHOTOS/NAMES OF RESCUED DOGS THAT NEED HOMES, THE ACOPIO HAS A CURRENT ROSTER THAT INCLUDES PHOTOS, NAMES DESCRIPTIONS.

PARA FOTOS,/NOMBRES Y INFORMACIÓN DE LOS PERROS EN EL CENTRO DE ACOPIO QUE NECESITAN HOGARES:


FRIDA COCO NECESITA CASA PUENTE Y ADOPCIÓN

SOS:  "Frida Coco" is recovering well from TVT.  Having completed her fifth session of chemotherapy on February 16th, the venereal tumor is barely visible.  Her foster mother cannot keep her after the end of the month.  Frida Coco´s rescuer, Casey Lupton, will pay for any possible future vet bills associated with TVT, though none are anticipated.  This is a very loving,  year-and-a half old dog.  She is spayed, vaccinated and weighs 20 kilos.  Contact:  caseylupton@gmail.com


RAISING FUNDS AND VISIBILITY:  Three hundred  PEACEAnimals blue mesh shopping/beach bags with extra-long straps were ordered and available for purchase.  All profits go directly to cost of clinics.  The PEACEAnimals logo and website are on one side and the familiar mermaid on the other.  Bags are 200 pesos each and can be purchased at:
BOLSAS DE PEACEANIMALS EN VENTA

Lucy´s CuCu Cabana -295 Basilio Badillo 

Choco Museo - Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez 128 in centro (across from the malecón)

Galeria Uno - 561 Morelos - Centro

Colleción la Bohemia  -  Constitución and Basilio Badillo

Cork & Bottle - Los Mercados - Aquiles Serdan 265

Charlie's Sport Fishing and Tours- Local 8B -Marina Vallarta

Galeria Dante - 269 Basilio Badillo 

La Cruz Inn - at the plaza in la Cruz, Nayarit

Macaria- Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez 129, between Morelos and the malecón   

Puerto Vallarta Botanical Gardens (gift shop)

Salon Divas-  Melchor Ocampo 51 - Bucerias

EL TUITO


DONATE WITHOUT SPENDING MONEY:  PEACEAnimals is able to receive donations from Amazon Smile under the umbrella of Banderas Bay Charities, Inc. Amazon donates 0.5% of eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organizations selected by their customers.  This is a very simple way to help fund our clinics:    https://smile.amazon.com/ch/47-4752247  Even simpler, long on to www.amazonsmile.com and type in Banderas Bay Charities, Inc. (PEACEAnimals receives all of these donations).

Troy Valens -  Owner of Sea Monkey and Cheeky Monkey restaurants - $10  USD gift certificates to Sea Monkey and Cheeky Monkey for "sharing" AmazonSmile post.



GREATERGOOD - PLEASE CLICK!  Your daily clicks or direct donations help animals, people and the planet. www.greatergood.orgwww.greatergood.com   To donate specifically to PEACEAnimals:  http://bit.ly/1cWY0lP


PLEASE CHECK OUR WEBSITE, FB PAGE OR BLOG FOR NEW DATES AND LOCATIONS.FAVOR DE CHECAR NUESTRO WEBSITE, PÁGINA EN FB O BLOG PARA NUEVAS FECHAS Y HOGARES.  

LESLIE CARATACHEA, EDUCATION DIRECTOR AND VET TECH - EL TUITO - photo:  Frank Ohly



SCHEDULE/HORARIO:

February 21-24 - La Cruz, Nayarit (PETS FOR LIFE)
February 28-March 3 - Colonia Infonavit, Puerto Vallarta
March 7-10 - Palmar Real, Nayarit
March 14-17 - Tomatlán, Cabo Corrientes
March 21-24 - La Peñita, Nayarit (PETS FOR LIFE)
March 26-April 2 - Easter break
April 4-7 - El Tule, Cabo Corrientes
April 11-14 - Bucerias, Nayarit (PETS FOR LIFE)
May
June 27-30 - Volcanes - in the school

EL TUITO


DESIGNATED LINE WITH RECORDING ADVISING LOCATION AND DIRECTIONS – ONLY IN SPANISH –
 (322) 113 3955


TO REPORT ANIMAL ABUSE, CALL THE CENTRO DE ACOPIO - 322-223-3690 OR THE POLICE - 911 -  AND ASK FOR THE "GREEN PATROL" ("PATROLLA VERDE")
  
CUALE SPAY AND NEUTER CLINICS - ONE-DAY CLINICS ARE HELD ON THE ISLA CUALE THE FIRST SUNDAY OF EVERY MONTH.   CLINICS OPEN FOR REGISTRATION AT 7 AM.  VET TEAM IS PETS FOR LIFE.  FOR MORE INFORMATION, SEE THEIR PAGE ON FACEBOOK.
CLÍNICA EN EL RÍO CUALE - PETS FOR LIFE   photo credit:  Shannon Beston




March clinic will be underwritten by PEACEAnimals board
member, Trisha Aljoe.  The eleven following clinics are partially
sponsored by an anonymous donation.
  
COLINA FREE SPAY&NEUTER CLINIC - Every Sunday at 9 AM.  Recommend arrive 7:30-8 AM.  First 15-20 animals to arrive will be accepted.  Address: 496 Venustiano Carranza in colonia Emiliano Zapata.  Clinic is in front of Carnicería Colin, between Naranjo and Jacarandas streets.  For more information: Colina Spay and Neuter Clinic on Facebook.


LOCATIONS NEEDED FOR CLINICS.  REQUIRED:  WATER, ELECTRICITY, BATHROOM AND PARKING AVAILABILITY.

EL TUITO




NOTE:  PEACEAnimals, per our agreement with independent contractors, Pets for Life, is obliged to pay extra for driving time and gasoline for areas outside Puerto Vallarta.  We ask that private or government groups pay those extra expenses.


PEACEAnimals does not buy advertising or pay for posters, flyers, megaphone announcers or locations.  All monies raised go directly to actual costs of the clinics.  Dr. Poli, as director of PEACEAnimals, a Mexican AC  (non-profit) and Pets for Life, a Mexican SC (business), selects clinic locations.

All pet registration forms with signatures of owners or rescuers are submitted by Dr. Poli to the local department of health, with copies to PEACEAnimals.
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VOLUNTARIA- EL TUITO




Clinic schedule, including directions and other clinic information are always on website:  www.peaceanimals.org,  on this blog and on the PEACEAnimals FaceBook page.




EL TJUITO, CABO CORRIENTES

LUNCH DONATIONS NEEDED FOR VET TEAM.


COMIDA YUCATECA

PEACEAnimals has a lunch budget of 70 pesos per vet team member (four persons) per day -  4 days a week. 
Please consider donating lunches for them, and please advise so we can create a lunch schedule. By having lunches donated, these savings can used for purchases of clinic supplies.

CLÍNICA EN EL TUITO




WE NEED VOLUNTEERS AT THE CLINICS.  We are almost always short of volunteers.  Please contact Leslie Caratachea via FB or infopeaceanimals@gmail.com, or just drop by.  
VOLUNTARIOS - SAN JOSÉ, NAYARIT  photo:  Angela Kelleher

FOR INFORMATION ON VOLUNTEERING: 
 http://www.peaceanimals.org/volunteer_1/volunteer_duties



WE NEED DONATIONS OF USED AND NEW KENNELS FOR CATS AND DOGS OF ALL SIZES.  WE WOULD ALSO LIKE TO BE ABLE TO GIVE USED OR NEW COLLARS AND LEASHES TO DOG OWNERS WHO BRING THEIR PETS TO THE CLINICS.


CLÍNICA EN SAN JOSÉ, NAYARIT - photo credit:  Angela Kelleher
               

    

If directions needed, please call our dedicated line (directions are only in Spanish) or refer to our website or this blog:   113 3955 

COST FOR ONE SURGERY WEEK CLINIC IS APPROXIMATELY $1,800 USD. 



PLEASE CONSIDER MAKING A DONATION VIA CHECK, CREDIT CARD, PAYPAL, BEQUEST OR STOCK TRANSFER.  Note:  Stocks are transferred at full value without the donating stock owner being taxed.



PEACEANIMALS VET TEAM - EL EQUIPO DE PEACEANIMALS - DR. ANTHONY, LESLIE, DR. POLI Y DR. PACHECO


PEACEAnimals is under the umbrella of Banderas Bay Charities, Inc.,  a US 501 (c)(3) charity located in Portland, Oregon.  



Please make payments payable to either BBC INC or Banderas Bay Charities, Inc.  Donations are tax deductible and should be earmarked for PEACEAnimals.





Banderas Bay Charities, Inc (BBC, Inc) offers tax-deductible receipts in the US, Canada, and Mexico.
Amy Welch, Secretary-Treasurer amywelchpdx@comcast.net
505 N Tomahawk Is Dr  Portland, OR 97217    
503 285 4007





THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS SPONSORS:  






























THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST AND SUPPORT.




Gretchen DeWitt – President – Board of Directors
gretchen@peaceanimals.org
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Los animales no necesitan tener una camada para completar su ciclo vital, puesto que no existe una relación consciente con la reproducción como parte necesaria de su bienestar emocional.

PARA FOTOS,/NOMBRES Y INFORMACIÓN DE LOS PERROS EN EL CENTRO DE ACOPIO QUE NECESITAN HOGARES:




PARA REPORTAR ABUSO A LOS ANIMALES- LLAME  A LA POLICA - 911 - Y PIDA LA PATROLLA VERDE o al centro de acopio   293 3690


 
LINEA DESIGNADA PARA DIRECIÓNES Y COMO LLEGAR (EN ESPAÑOL) A LAS CLÍNICAS CADA SEMANA:   (322) 113 3955












NECESITAMOS LUGARES PARA NUESTRAS CLÍNICAS EN COLONIAS Y PUEBLOS. PRECISO:   BAÑO, ELECTRICIDAD, AGUA Y PARA ESTACIONARSE.






INFORMACIÓN EN ESPAÑOL SOBRE LA ESTERILIZACIÓN PARA MASCOTAS Y LAS CLÍNICAS GRATIS EN NUESTRO WEBSITE - www.peaceanimals.org



NECESITAMOS SU APOYO.  FAVOR DE DONAR ALMUERZOS PARA NUESTRO EQUIPO. NOS CUESTA 1,120 PESOS LA SEMANA PARA NUESTRO EQUIPO DE 4 PERSONAS.   CON SUS DONACIÓNES DE COMIDA, PODEMOS USAR ESTE DINERO PARA SUMINISTROS.   FAVOR DE CONFIRMAR CUÁL DÍA DE LA SEMANA PUEDEN.  LESLIE VA HACER EL HORARIO PARA ALMUERZOS.  GRACIAS.

 TAMBIÉN NECESITAMOS VOLUNTARIOS, POR FAVOR.

http://www.peaceanimals.org/espa_ol/protocolo_para_voluntarios

GRACIAS POR SU INTERÉS Y SU APOYO.


Gretchen DeWitt – Presidente de la mesa directiva
gretchen@peaceanimals.org





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